Economics at your fingertips  

Policy work and capacities in a developing country: evidence from the Philippines

Kidjie Saguin, M. Ramesh and Michael Howlett

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2018, vol. 40, issue 1, 1-22

Abstract: Are policy work and the capacities required in developing countries different from those in the developed world? This article addresses this question using data from a survey of policy professionals in the Philippines. The individuals surveyed have similar characteristics as their counterparts in developed countries, but their specific policy analytical style appears to be largely coordinative rather being directed at substantive and procedural aspects of policy work – which raises questions about whether or not their capacities as various skills and resources enable them to carry out their work effectively. An important finding is that, despite their work being primarily of an analytical nature, they are more comfortable performing political and operational tasks than conducting substantive, rigorous analysis. Overall, while organisational systems and processes are in place, systemic capacities, particularly political capacity, continue to be an on-going constraint to their work.

Date: 2018
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this article

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration is currently edited by Ian Thynne and Danny Lam

More articles in Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration from Taylor & Francis Journals
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Chris Longhurst ().

Page updated 2020-01-23
Handle: RePEc:taf:rapaxx:v:40:y:2018:i:1:p:1-22